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Dizzying Intellect » Punching Small Mammals

Punching Small Mammals

Oh, and also? Across the board cut in pay. All contractors lose 10% starting the first week of April.

Because it wasn’t enough that they tripled our workload by retiring/firing thousands of people in December. They have to pay us less for the extra work, too.

Can this month POSSIBLY get any better?!

2 Comments

  • By radix, February 24, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    That blows! I have to admit I’ve been expecting that sort of thing to become more prevalent. When it moves from contractors to fulltime employees is when it’s getting really bad. It beats getting laid off, but not by much.

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, waiting for your all clear on the biopsies.

  • By rammer, February 27, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    The misery of this is the extra work you have to do to make up for the missing people. That misery will continue all year. It is galling that they would cut the pay of the very people, who do the work, but they probably had to share the pain.

    People are hard to manage, especially with bad news. The perception of equality dispite disparate work performance is more important then ever in these situations. I’m sure they thought that they have to do something about contractors as they are reducing staff. That way everyone in the lunch room is equally grumpy. On the other hand, they will be swimming in cash as soon as the short timers are really out the door.

    I would be certain to plant the seed in my boss’s mind that while I understood short term financial requirements forced their hands, they need to put this money back in my pocket with a bonus, 401k contributions or additional paid vacation or comp time. Especially as a contractor, there are lots of ways to structure the finances.

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